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RAVENNA – Atty. Michael “Mike” W. Raridon, 63, passed away peacefully at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from complications following a bilateral lung transplant.

Mike was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on Nov. 14, 1955, to parents Wade and Rosemary (Jenkins) Raridon.

He grew up in Youngstown, and attended Chaney High School, where he was active in the tour choir, cross country track team, and performed the lead roles in several of the school’s spring musicals. He was a 2-year member of the National Honor Society, earned a National Merit Scholarship his senior year, and was salutatorian of his graduating class in 1974.

Mike began his formal education at Oberlin College. He did his post-graduate studies and earned his juris doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. Upon receiving his license to practice, he moved to Rockford, Ill., where he began a successful family law career which lasted almost 40 years, until he was forced to retire due to his illness. Mike dedicated his professional life to serving others, in particular and most recently, as advocate for hundreds of children who became caught in the legal processes of divorce and/or guardianship cases each year.

Mike was a natural performer and loved sharing jokes, stories, and his musical talents with others. Music was always a part of his life and he was not only an accomplished singer, but he also played guitar, banjo, piano, and violin. True to his Scots-Irish heritage, he formed several Irish music groups with colleagues and friends in the Rockford area, the beautiful sounds of Casey’s Fancy will live long in the hearts and memories of their many fans. Mike was fortunate to have been able to visit Ireland and experience the music, scenery and, of course, the pubs with his son before he became ill.

Mike is survived by his best friend and caregiver, Denise Smith of Ravenna; parents Wade and Rosemary Raridon, of Youngstown; son Andrew (Sarah) of Valparaiso, Ind.; granddaughters Ruth and Wren Raridon; sister Geri Socciarelli (Michael) of Cuyahoga Falls; brother Tim Raridon, of Girard; niece Christi Nicula (Mike); nephews Anthony Socciarelli, of Tampa, Fla., and Ed Socciarelli (Holly) of Sarver, Pa.; two great-nieces; Andrew’s mother, Rita Raridon of Rockford, Ill.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Alex Bribiesco and his amazing transplant team, nurse practitioner Angela, and the many doctors, nurses, technicians, and staff of the ICU J55 at Cleveland Clinic who cared for Mike during this journey. “We will be forever grateful for your valiant efforts to give him a second chance at life, and we will never forget the kindness and support you have shown us.”

In accordance with Mike’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no calling hours or services.

Material tributes may be sent to Cleveland Clinic’s Lung Transplant Program, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195.

Guestbook Entries

Highschool friend

“I remember Mike as a quiet and very intelligent classmate. I didn't know he had become a lawyer, but I'm sure he was full of integrity and helped his clients. RIP”

 » Frank Petruzzi on May 15, 2019


“Dear Raridon family, Though I did not know your beloved Mike, I was captured by that forever smile in his tribute. Also, as a former Youngstowner, YSU graduate and longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church I had the privilege of meeting Wade many years ago. Having met Wade I, like a multitude of others, consider myself to know or have known him well. As love has no part tense it is my prayer for you that you will always say "we love Mike. Sincerely, Larry N. Beck”

 » Larry N. Beck on May 15, 2019

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